Finalists in the competition for the Kanthal Award 2016

Proton Power Inc., Tennessee, USA

Proton Power (PPI) has developed a patented renewable energy system that produces inexpensive hydrogen on demand from biomass and waste sources. This core technology, referred to as Cellulose to Hydrogen Power (CHyP), is ideal for clean energy applications such as distributed or central-station electrical power generation, hydrogen production or producing synthetic diesel fuel.

Co-products are biochar, a highly effective soil amendment, and water. PPI has successfully tested a wide variety of biomasses in its CHyP system, including switchgrass, various kinds of sawdust, and processed municipal solid waste.

Motivation from the Jury:

  • Innovative biomass based energy is a key to the world’s future energy supply.
  • Proton Power has been selected by the jury for an innovative process which can use a variety of fuels to generate both biochar for soil enrichment and hydrogen for fuel cells.

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Glasitt AS, Skjåk, Norway

Glasitt AS produces a foam glass called Glasopor®. It is a light filling material for difficult ground conditions. Glasopor foam glass is produced from recycled packaging glass from food and beverages.

Since Glasopor foam glass consists of 20 percent glass and 80 percent air, its weight is as low as half that of similar products. Accordingly, Glasopor is easy to transport and lay out. Glasopor also has good insulating and draining properties since it has non-hydroscopic features. Thus it has three environmentally friendly features – recycling, lower transportation costs and energy savings.

Motivation from the Jury:

  • Conversion from gas-based to electrical heating has extensive benefits in terms of both improved process efficiency and a reduction in harmful environmental emissions.
  • Glasitt AS has been selected by the jury as a prime example of a large-scale conversion for the Foam Glass product, which itself improves energy efficiency in buildings and infrastructure.

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Oparz Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan

Oparz has developed products that utilize their 3D heater as an engine. The 3D heater can be the base in sterilization type air cleaners, a metallic diesel particulate reduction device, a deodorizing system, a superheated steam oven, and much more. The foil used in the 3D heater has the potential to be used in many fields and products, with its applications limited only by the flexibility of the user’s imagination.

Motivation from the Jury:

  • Efficient heat transfer is a key component in many technologies.
  • Oparz has been selected by the jury to develop a unique three-dimensional foil with a higher specific surface area for use at extreme temperatures.

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